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Facebook’s New AI Research Gives Hope For The Future Of Bots

While many expect chat bots to become a huge part of our AI-dominated future, they have been rather underwhelming so far. Behind almost any online bot are drop-down menus, slightly tweaked to appear as questions. This makes the whole experience way too robotic. In order to reach new heights, chatbots need new skills. They need to get cognitive abilities to reason with people. And these abilities might not be as far as you think. Facebook has been a major player in this field for a long time. They already launched their chatbot assistant, simply known as M. Yes, it’s true that it’s still humans who do all the difficult tasks, but it’s a step in the right direction. Facebook also created an open-source tool, designed to teach bots. Read also: Tech Titans Bought 34 AI Startups In Early 2017 Yesterday, the social media giant’s researchers from the FAIR lab showed a…

Coding on a Macbook: How Limited Is The Experience?

We all know the Macbook is a capable machine, thanks to its many features and functions. Apple’s approach to the build quality, display, battery efficiency, and software makes it one of the best devices out there. However, we can safely say that the Macbook is traditionally most popular among video and photo editors. It’s great for content creation, there is no doubt about that. Programmers, in turn, mostly stick with Linux or Windows, or both at once. Let’s be honest, Mac also has a number of serious issues, including a small(er) user base, limited applications, and a higher price tag. These factors prevent Apple’s laptop from being as widely accepted, as the Windows machines. While there are people who like to code on their Macbooks, they are rather a ‘vocal minority’. Microsoft is obviously the most preferred option, thanks to the sheer number of programmers on the platform alone. Read…

Before Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker Find Out What’s Really Going On

Google, a data mining and extraction company that sells personal information to advertisers, has hit upon a neat idea to consolidate its already-dominant business: block competitors from appearing on its platforms. The company announced that it would establish an ad blocker for the Chrome web browser, which has become the most popular in America, employed by nearly half of the nation’s web users. The ad blocker — which Google is calling a “filter” — would roll out next year, and would be the default setting for Chrome when fully functional. In other words, the normal user sparking up their Chrome browser simply wouldn’t see the ads blocked by the system. What ads would get blocked? The ones not sold by Google, for the most part. The Chrome ad blocker would stop ads that provide a “frustrating experience,” according to Google’s blog post announcing the change. The ads blocked would match…

Gatorade Creates the World’s First Water Man Using No CGI. Mind Blown.

There are times that I’m more happy to be human than others. Thank you Gatorade, for creating one minute and one second of awesome video that excites me to be alive. This is one of the coolest commercials I’ve seen in a long time. Gatorade is known for their excellent marketing. I mean, how else are you going to sell a “sports drink” with nearly your entire day’s allowance of added sugar in a single serving? So, to launch Gatorade’s latest energy drink called G-Active, they enlisted a skilled team of professionals to create the world’s first human figure made entirely of water (“G-Active”), and it’s very impressive. Without the aid of traditional CGI, the team animated a water athlete in mid-air using a series of over 2,000 switches that triggered the droplets at just the right time. Strobes were then used to freeze the droplets in mid air. The whole project…

New Windows 10 Test Version Shows Big Changes Coming Soon

New Win 10 Insider Preview build sheds light on new features, coming with the Fall Creators Update Microsoft just released a new Insider Preview version of Windows 10 (16215), unveiling the upcoming pack of changes. According to the company’s standard policy, these changes are already available for testers. For everyone else, they will arrive with the Fall Creators Update. So, let’s take a look at what we got with the new test version. Windows 10 now has improved notification center The first noticeable difference is how the notification center now looks. Microsoft redesigned it to have separate sections for various apps, like Skype messages, tweets etc. It is more organized now. The new approach allows to group notifications from devices and applications together, in a more convenient way. Read also: Dubai Becomes First City in the World to Get Its Own Microsoft Font With the new update, Microsoft also allows users…

The KickassTorrents Founder Speaks Out From His Jail Cell in Poland

In July 2016, Artem Vaulin left Ukraine for a vacation to Iceland with his family, but he never made it to his destination. During a layover in Poland, Vaulin — the 31-year-old accused by the United States of operating KickassTorrents (KAT), the web’s most popular place to illegally obtain movies, songs, and video games — was arrested by authorities. Until last week, Vaulin had been held at Warsaw-Bialoleka Investigative Detention Center with little contact to the outside world while the Polish government evaluated a US extradition request. Last Tuesday, two days before his release, The Verge sat down with Vaulin in his jail cell for a two-hour interview — the first since his arrest — to discuss his extradition fight and his life inside jail. The day before I arrived at Bialoleka, I attended a court hearing in Warsaw to decide on a request made by Vaulin’s attorneys that, after…

Is There Anything In The World More Rediculous Then Stock Photos of Hackers? Nope.

Hackers make it their life’s mission to remain anonymous, but it seems that we all know exactly what they look like because the only “real” images of hackers we could see are the ones that news organizations buy from photobanks. And every one of the news organizations is covering hackers nowadays. And there are a LOT of photobanks out there. You do the math.  They are shady-looking individuals often found lurking in darkened rooms illuminated by nothing but the glow of menacing green binary code. Hackers are faceless creepers hidden by the invincible cloak of a hoodie, almost always typing on their keyboards. Duh. Everyone knows that because this stereotypical hacker image shows up in essentially every article ever written about hacking or cyber security attacks — from iCloud breaches and DDoS attacks to the recent WannaCrypt ransomware attack. We too have fallen victim to using stock photos of keyboards…

Why Apple And Adobe Should Fear The New Microsoft

Microsoft has certainly been gaining momentum in the last couple of months. First, the tech giant released the first Creators update of its Windows 10 OS, followed by an announcement of another bulky update, coming this fall. Then, it has been making some real noise in mixed-reality and computing-related hardware. Don’t forget the new Surface laptop too. It seems that Microsoft is aggressively pushing its operating system as the primary platform for creative and productive activities. Of course, it doesn’t mean that Apple and Adobe will vanish into oblivion. Apple’s positions on the markets are strong, and the company will probably introduce something new to counter Microsoft’s products at WWDC on June 5. Adobe produces some of the best editing tools out there, in addition to various instruments like Marketing Cloud and the Creative cloud application – Photoshop. Microsoft wins mixed reality However, Microsoft is taking the creative process to…

Things Are Far From Clear With Windows 10 S

Yesterday Microsoft held an event to reintroduce itself to teachers and students as a company providing innovative and compelling education products. The event promised to be narrowly focused on a large-scale market where price and ease of use trumped more frivolous considerations like design elegance, but Microsoft couldn’t help itself and also introduced the gorgeous new Surface Laptop. The connecting link between Microsoft’s suite of educational tools and the premium Surface Laptop? Windows 10 S, the operating system at the heart of both. The dual role played by Windows 10 S at today’s event might pose problems for Microsoft down the line as prospective users struggle to figure out what exactly the S stands for. For the first half of Microsoft’s presentation, the message was crisp, clear, and concise. Windows 10 S is Windows 10 with its wings slightly clipped: it can only run apps from the Windows Store, disabling…

Amazon Just Gave You A Way To Monitor What Your Kids Are Doing Online

Amazon launched its Fire Kids Edition tablet with the intention of giving peace of mind to parents who give their kids access to the latest technology. To make sure content available on kids’ Kindles is appropriate, Amazon content editors whitelist sites and YouTube videos as safe for kids. The tablets are aimed at kids between the ages of three and 12 and have 10 million users worldwide, according to Amazon, though it won’t say how many users have bought a subscription for access to premium content. Kids also can’t make in-app purchases in FreeTime. (The FTC recently fined the company over unauthorized in-app game purchases made by users’ children as they played on Amazon devices.) The Amazon parent dashboard will have moderators approving everything kids can access on the device, including more than 8,000 books and 40,000 white-listed webpages. The dashboard lives at parents.amazon.com and can be accessed from any web…